The Role of the Paraeducator in High Quality Early Childhood Settings That Serve Children with IEPs – Regional Presentations

The Connecticut State Department of Education, together with the RESC Alliance, has developed regional presentations on The Role of the Paraeducator in High Quality Early Childhood Settings That Serve Children with IEPs.

These sessions are coming up quickly! To obtain dates, times and registration information, please see the informational flyer at

FREE LifeCourse Planning Tools Professional Learning Sessions

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the RESC Alliance, is presenting a series of FREE LifeCourse Planning Tools professional learning sessions for this summer and the 2019-2020 school year.

Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants will come away with an understanding of the importance of person-centered/futures planning, a familiarity with the LifeCourse tools, and a better understanding of how to use those tools to support the development of the IEP and Transition Planning.

For additional information related to locations, dates and times for these sessions please see  CSDE-RESC Alliance LifeCourse Planning Tools Summer 2019 Professional Learning Sessions flyer and CSDE-RESC Alliance LifeCourse Planning Tools 2019-2020 Professional Learning Sessions .

SAVE THE DATE for the September 26, 2019, Early Childhood Symposium!

Registration is now open for a professional learning opportunity to support teachers and leaders engaged in the work of designing early learning environments that buffer stress, reduce challenging behaviors, and promote children’s healthy development ages 3-8. Review the informational flyer (EC Symposium September 26, 2019 ) for more details and registration information.

SAVE THE DATES – September 20 & 21, 2019 for the Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium!

The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, together with the State Education Resource Center, UCONN’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Connecticut Secondary Transition Youth Advisory Board, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, has once again planned the Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium. This highly successful and informative symposium, Every Voice Matters, will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, September 20, 2019, and Saturday, September 21, 2019. Please review the attached flyer for more information.

CT Secondary Transition Symposium – Every Voice Matters Flyer

REMINDER! Registration is OPEN for Childhood Conversations – Together We Will conference!

Don’t forget! Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Childhood Conversations – Together We Will conference on March 29th and 30th. Learn to support and develop children’s social emotional skills to reduce challenging behaviors and strengthen families and communities. See flyer for details.

Childhood Conversations presents Together We Can conference

2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

The Connecticut Tech Act Project is presenting the 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Downtown Hartford Hilton in Hartford, CT. Registration with early bird pricing is available now through January 18, 2019.

For more information regarding this event, please visit:

Information and Registration for 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

Twenty-First Annual Youth Leadership Forum is Coming in July!

Once again this summer, students with disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in a four-day Youth Leadership Forum at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. This Forum brings together high school students with disabilities throughout Connecticut to explore personal leadership skills, participate in team building activities, define career goals, develop and practice self-advocacy and independent living skills, and create a specific action plan that describes what they will accomplish. Opportunities exist for both students and staff.

Please review more information and the application form using the Web links below. Feel free to forward this information to all those who may have an interest or may assist in further dissemination. Additional copies of the application are available at 

2019 Youth Leadership Forum Student Application

2019 Youth Leadership Forum Staff Application

Opportunity for Support – Connecticut’s School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG)

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) announces a Technical Assistance (TA) opportunity through the CSDE’s  School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG). The Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is an assessment tool used to inform school’s current behavioral interventions and supports implementation levels.

For more information on the TFI process, please review the attached informational flyer at GOT FIDELITY_TFI

Technical Assistance Available Through the CT School Transformation Grant

A technical assistance opportunity through the Connecticut State Department of Education’s School Climate Transformation Grant is available to schools that have completed one year of PBIS training in the past.

Please see additional information by visiting:

School Climate Transformation Grant technical assistance opportunity